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  • Upon them was wrought, in well, exquisite is not quite the word well-observed detail, classical pornography of the most astonishing variety.

    The Vesuvius Club

  • For one thing, he doesn't engage in banter or even in eye contact; instead he rasps out his brilliantly written, phenomenally well-observed stories in an undifferentiated monotone while staring a couple of feet above the audience's heads.

    This week's new comedy

  • Armando Iannucci, 46, perhaps Britain's greatest recent political satirist, the man responsible for some of the most well-observed, biting comedy of our time (The Day Today, I'm Alan Partridge, In the Loop) and for catalysing some of our greatest comedy talents, has only been making a living out of Campbell for five years.

    Armando Iannucci: 'Now is not the time for a crap opposition'

  • The under-the-radar series, based loosely on Louis C.K.'s life, isn't by any means a feel-good show, but it's well-observed, witty and raw in capturing its star's increasingly cynical misadventures.

    Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Best Comedy Series

  • His virtuoso renderings are so psychologically nuanced, the body language so artful and well-observed, that you might find yourself reading entire life stories into the deep-set lines around a mouth or the slouch of a shoulder.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • For one thing, she's got an enormous range of voices – from the well-observed to the utterly bizarre – that she uses to create a galaxy of fresh-feeling and sparky comic characters.

    This week's new comedy

  • There are lovely one-liners, well-observed jokes, and fish-out-of-water observations that mesh with Craig's persona as a chap out of kilter with the rest of humanity.

    This week's new comedy

  • Musical comedy often gets slated for being naff but this lot dodge most of the pitfalls thanks to properly inventive ideas and lyrics packed with well-observed jokes rather than lazy knob gags.

    This week's new comedy

  • "Weisberger's third effort, with the requisite girls 'nights out and disappointing men, has some well-observed passages - and Adriana is a hoot - but it's nothing we haven't seen before, many times."

    Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger: Book summary

  • What's taken Millican from the lower rungs of the comedy circuit to her own BBC2 series – via a scene-stealing turn on The Graham Norton Show, discussing farts with a stunned P Diddy, and an unlikely stint on the Loose Women panel – is her ability to mix well-observed gags with incredible amounts of filth.

    This week's new comedy

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